Heyen to speak on poetry and ecology as focus of Umbaugh lecture April 7

March 29, 2005

Author William Heyen will discuss "Poems and Prose on Ecology" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the Donald S. Hiller Building auditorium, Penn State DuBois. In addition to his public presentation, Heyen will spend the day on campus meeting with students, faculty and staff.

Heyen is emeritus professor of English and poet in residence at State University of New York at Brockport. A former senior Fulbright lecturer in American literature in Germany, he has won awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, Poetry magazine and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His work has appeared in Harper's, The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, The Southern Review, The Ohio Review, The Nation, The Ontario Review and in many anthologies.

The author of "The Swastika Poems" and "Erika: Poems of the Holocaust," Heyen addresses the issues surrounding the Holocaust, asking the question: "Can and should they be written about?" His most recent book, "Shoah Train," which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2004, continues to explore this question, addressing the nature of suffering.

Heyen is the editor of "American Poets in 1976" and "The Generation of 2000: Contemporary American Poets." His books of poetry include "Depth of Field," "Long Island Light: Poems and a Memoir," "Erika: Poems of the Holocaust," "Ribbons: The Gulf War," "Pterodactyl Rose: Poems of Ecology" and "Diana, Charles and the Queen."

Heyen's books include "The Host: Selected Poems" (Time Being Books, 1994) and "Crazy Horse in Stillness" (BOA, 1997), which won 1997's Small Press Book Award for Poetry. MAMMOTH Books will publish "Home," and "Titanic and Iceberg," both collections of his essays, in the near future. The DuBois-based company already has published "The Hummingbird Corporation Stories" and "The Rope," a collection of poems by Heyen.

Support for the writer's visit to DuBois is provided by the Umbaugh lecture series, which brings eminent speakers on topics of science and technology to the campus. The event is free to the public.

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